(BALTIMORE) - Big Brown is a heavy favorite to bag the second leg of the American Triple Crown when he faces 11 rivals in tonight's mile-and-a-furlong Preakness Stakes.
Heavy rain in the Baltimore area soaked the Pimlico track and Dutrow opted to jog the 3-year-old the wrong way around the course on Friday.
Big Brown will face one less rival following the withdrawal of Todd Pletcher's Behindatthebar. The Lexington Stakes winner has a bruised foot.
Glen Kozak, who replaced longtime track superintendent John Passero 3 1/2 years ago, said he and his staff won't do anything differently for the Preakness than for other races at Pimlico the past couple of weeks.
Kozak said the track has a crown to it to allow the water to drain from the outside rail to the inside rail. But Kozak acknowledges that whatever work done is at the mercy of the sport's most influential handicapper -- Mother Nature.
Here is the field:
PP Horse Odds Jockey Comments
1. Macho Again 20-1 J. Leparoux The rail horse has won just once since 1961
2. Tres Borrachos 30-1 T. Baze
3. Icabad Crane 30-1 J. Rose Just beat Mint Lane at Belmont
4. Yankee Bravo 15-1 A. Solis Beat Cafe Tortoni in his most recent victory
5. Behindatthebar Scratched
6. Racecar Rhapsody 30-1 R. Albarado
7. Big Brown 1-2 K. Desormeaux
8. Kentucky Bear 15-1 J. Theriot No horse has won the Preaknessw/3 starts.
9. Stevil 30-1 J. Velazquez
10. Riley Tucker 30-1 E. Prado Prado has yet to make it to the trifecta
11. Giant Moon 30-1 R. Dominguez A shot at a top-three placing
12. Gayego 8-1 M. Smith
13. Hey Byrn 20-1 C. Lopez No outside shot this time.
Courtesy The Baltimore Sun and The Seattle Times